Fancy Stitch Combo – Sugar Cubes Stitch

This weeks new video is part of the Fancy Stitch Combo Series, sponsored by Lion Brand. I get the pleasure of demonstrating the Sugar Cubes Stitch, which is a great dishcloth stitch, in the luxury LB Collection yarns. This stitch also gives me the chance to show how to keep good tension when switching between knits and purls in a single row – a technique that can help you with almost all of your projects.

The yarns I show in this video are:
LB Collection Cotton Bamboo
LB Collection Cashmere
LB Collection Superwash Merino

Instructions for working this stitch:

CO a multiple of 8 stitches
To feature the pretty side of the CO, purl one row.
Row 1 (RS): Knit
Row 2: *p6, k2; rep from *
Row 3: K the knit sts and p the purl sts
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: Knit
Row 6: p2, *k2, p6; rep from *, end k2, p4
Row 7: K the knit sts and p the purl sts
Row 8: Purl
Rep rows 1-8.

Instructions for working this stitch in-the-round:
CO a multiple of 8 stitches
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: *k6, p2; rep from *
Round 3: K the knit sts and p the purl sts
Round 4: Knit
Round 5: Knit
Round 6: k2, *p2, k6; rep from *, end p2, k4
Round 7: K the knit sts and p the purl sts
Round 8: Knit
Rep rounds 1-8.

To make the dishcloth I show in the video:
CO 42 stitches using size 6 US (4mm) needles.
K 9 rows
Row 1 (RS): Knit
Row 2: K5, *p6, k2; rep from * to last 5 stitches, K5
Row 3: K5, K the knit sts and p the purl sts to last 5 stitches, K5
Row 4: K5, Purl to last 5 stitches, K5
Row 5: Knit
Row 6: K5, p2, *k2, p6; rep from * to last 11 stitches, k2, p4, K5
Row 7: K 5, K the knit sts and p the purl sts to last 5 stitches, K5
Row 8: K5, Purl to last 5 stitches, K5
Repeat Rows 1-8 five times (or to desired length).
Knit 10 rows, BO all stitches.

My Ravelry page for the shawl I’m wearing (not my design), can be found here.

The needles I use for demonstration are Knitter’s Pride Bamboo DPNs.

The nail polish I’m wearing is by Julep, color “London”.

A yarn like the super bulky roving yarn I use to demonstrate knit and purl stitches can be found in this Etsy shop.

13 comments on “Fancy Stitch Combo – Sugar Cubes Stitch

  1. Hi Staci
    I cannot say THANK YOU!!! enough for that little tip about the tension from a knit to a purl stitch. I have drag in that area alot and sometimes it is not too noticeable, but has been on my son’s basketweave blanket I am knitting. Thank you for showing me that little tip. I will definitely remember to use it!!!

  2. I just want to tell you I think you rawk!! The amount of time and attention you pay to each stitch you teach has made me such a better knitter and I wanted to say THANK YOU.

    I LOVE your scarf 😀

  3. What size needles would u use for a hat or socks if u use sock yarn for either one thanks1

  4. Joy – as I said in my last response, I don’t recommend this stitch for socks or a hat. But with any project, the needle size you use is based on the thickness of the yarn. Usually best to start with the recommended needle size printed on the yarn label.

    S t a c i

  5. Ditto to the first comment. :). THANK YOU! My knit to purl tension is terrible. I can’t wait to try this out!

  6. Excellent tutorial as always Stacie. Such valuable information on correcting drag. I think this stitch would make a lovely scarf with a garter stitch border. Definitely going to keep it handy for this year’s Christmas gift recipients!

  7. Staci,
    I have been watching your videos for the last couple of months. I look forward to each Tuesday when I get a new video notification. I just want to say Thank you for all the attention to detail you give. I feel like each stitch is your new favorite and you can’t wait to share it with all your friends(us). Thank you so much.

  8. Have one question. After the cast on it says to knit 9 rows and then Row 1 is a knit row on the Right Side.
    If I knitted 9 rows Row 1 would be the wrong side. Or is Row 1 the 9th knit row?

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